5 Things You Shouldn’t Eat


Paper clips

A live chipmunk

An apron made out of cotton balls

A circa 1977 stereo speaker

Brussells Sprouts – ick.

That is all.    Have anything you want to add to the list?  Feel free.  Have a great weekend!





p.s. I know your’e going to want to, but please don’t give me any more brussels sprouts recipes, LOL. I do not like them, I will never like them, I don’t care how they’re prepared or by whom. I think they’re icky and no recipe out there is going to change that fact.


  1. Kristy says:

    Why oh why do you make me lol!?! My kids liked this post too. 😉

  2. Bill Grigg says:

    I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t eat any speakers, not just the ones from 1977, which are just too greasy.

  3. Evelyn says:

    Pshhh, I love brussels sprouts!

    Paste, don’t eat paste!

    • Karen says:

      Evelyn – I would eat buckets of paste over brussels sprouts. Which is to say I’d eat the paste *before* I ever ate brussels sprouts. Not that I’d pour paste on the brussells sprouts. : / Karen.

  4. Kate Moore says:

    Aw, why all the Brussels sprouts hate?? I love them! They just get a bad rap because everyone’s eaten them cooked in some horrible way. Have you ever had them roasted in the oven with garlic and lemon, and then sprinkled with Parmesan? Or Julia Child’s way: cut in half and slow-cooked cut side down in a cast iron skillet with garlic butter so they caramelize? Mmmmm.

    • Karen says:

      Omg. Omg. Omg. Omg. LOL. Every time I say I hate brussels sprouts people try to give me a recipe that they swear I’ll like. No. I won’t. No offense, LOL, but I WON’T. I hate them with all my heart. Hate them. Think of a food you despise and imagine someone saying if prepared a different way you would like it. Like, deer liver for instance. See here … https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/roasted-brussel-sproutsi-hate-them-but-maybe-you-wont/ 🙂 ~ karen

      • Kate Moore says:

        OK, OK! I’ll leave you alone! 😛 It’s OK not to like them, as long as you’ve given them a fair trial. (End “I’m your mother and I know what’s good for you” dialogue here.)

        • Karen says:

          Kate – LOL. I was just thinking to myself that I have never met a more dedicated group of vegetable eaters than brussel sprouts eaters! I wish I liked them. I’m always looking to expand my vegetable horizons. But I don’t. 🙁 I also don’t like soft or hard boiled eggs. I wish I did! I always think people eating a soft boiled egg with little slivers of toast look so happy! ~ karen

        • Kate Moore says:

          Brussels sprouts lovers are super vehement because the haters are so loud and numerous 😛 For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, y’know? I’m totally with you on the eggs, though. Shudder.

        • lynn says:

          Karen ~ This reply made me giggle as much (or more)
          than the post! Brussel Sprout eaters must be related to Asparagus eaters – V E R Y dedicated indeed! I eat my soft cooked egg inside a hole in my toast – we call them Tony eggs (bc Tony taught us how to make them) – but you are right, they make me very happy! 🙂

        • emilie says:

          mmm…try to say who don’t like rice (i don’t) and you will find a group of dedicated rice eater…promise. Oh…and don’t mention to that group that you traveled to China, because you’re in for an hour of explanation on how you avoided rice in China(including a lot of mention on your weirdness). Keep on the good hating brussel sprout work (wich I like by the way).

          Oh..and I don’t recommand eating wood because they don’t show in x-ray wich cut half the fun on eating stuff

      • Jillian says:

        I feel the same about peanut butter and jelly…I like them separate but not together. It has a weird taste to me. Funny thing, now I’m allergic to peanuts lol But the only food I can say I hate by itself and have as long as I can remember is….. raw tomatoes. Every once in a while I’ll try it because somebody says “oh, it is so good you don’t know what you are missing, blah blah blah” then I do and it still has a weird taste. Why do people try to make you eat something you absolutely despise? Is it because they want to see you make the “face” or because they feel they are your food saviour and get hope that you will bow down to them for saving you from a life time of emptiness? I am not falling for any of it anymore!! Karen don’t you do it either! Brussels will still taste like doody for you just like raw tomatoes do for me!

        • Natasha T says:

          i personally dont like the store bought tomatoes or brussel sprouts, but when you grow them yourself they taste so good! the tomatoes have more of an earthy flavor, and the brussel sprouts lose the bitter flavor. lol homegrown is the way to go when you dont like something …. and salt and lots of pepper, and butter on the brussel sprouts, and peppercorn ranch sometimes on the tomatoes! tasty! <3 ^-^

        • Julianna says:

          Dammit, I’m an idiot. Or my iPad is… Whichever. Meant to post this to Karen’s reply about never ever liking them so leave a girl alone already. Ignore me. No worries.

  5. Nancy says:

    I HATE Brussels with a vengeance, i found a maggot in one i had bitten into when i was a kid, scarred forever, plus they just smell and taste like crap.

    • Gillian says:

      OMG Nancy. I am muffling my laughter at work. Hilarious! I was scarred as a kid by cherry pie filling; thus I CANNOT eat preserved fruit of any kind. People try to change me probably every day…love it or leave it! I won’t eat pie!

  6. Connor says:

    Karen. You just clearly haven’t had Brussels Sprouts prepared correctly.

    1 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts
    1/3 stick butter
    juice of 1 lemon

    Remove Brussels sprouts from refrigerator where they’ve been sitting for something like a month. Realize they’ve gone bad and place them in the trash. Wonder, briefly, why you purchased them in the first place, as you don’t particularly like them. Then, shrug. Assume you purchased them because they’re supposedly good for you. Shake head liberally at your own foolishness. Retrieve car keys and drive to nearest fast food location. Order.
    Serve wrapped in cheap fast-food-wrapping-y paper, possibly while still on your way home in the car.

  7. Claudine says:

    Hey Karen,
    Here’s a great Brussels sprouts recipe: Rinse fresh Brussels sprouts, halve…blah, blah, blah…for thirty seconds in the garbage disposal.

    Okay, seriously, something nobody should ever eat is that neon orange colored paste they sell at KFC under the guise of macaroni and cheese. Well, no one should really ever eat at KFC.

    Your list in interesting. I hope you never tried to eat a live chipmunk.

  8. Julie shinnick says:

    I’m with you Karen! Brussel Sprouts blech! yech! Spew!

  9. Jamieson says:

    Sorry to be a hater-traitor but I converted to brussel sprouts about 3-4 years ago. It was the asiago-pancetta slaw that was the gateway for me. I didn’t realize what I was eating that first time, like slipping a dog’s pill into peanut butter. Now I actually eat them prepared any which way and love them, even steamed “plain”, those little heads smiling up at me from my plate, all naked and reveling in their bitterness.
    Now that the mighty sprouts have fallen there is not a single vegetable I can think of that I won’t eat. …which might be a smaller dedicated group than the haters.

  10. Deb says:

    I don’t like brussels sprouts, either….so there!!!
    But…I do like boiled eggs…well, except for the after effects!!! 😉 HOPE you have a great weekend!!!

  11. gf says:

    Makes me think of my Daughter’s video “Shawn the Sheep – Mower Mouth” Where the farmer gets a goat, and the goat starts to eat _everything_. Shawn and Bitzer have to stop the goat. It is one of my favorites and hers too.

    Karen, have you considered getting a goat to go with your chickens? I am sure you would have plenty of blog material…


  12. Stephanie says:

    Brussels Sprouts and soft boiled eggs… shudder. I agree. Just can’t do it.

  13. Ana says:

    You can eat anything, including speakers, when it has bacon on it!

  14. tina says:

    swordfish….FULL of worms. blech.

  15. Kate S. says:

    Maybe if you stoped talking about how much you hate them people wouldnt feel the need to enlighten you as much. I dont like mushrooms which people think is crazy, but its my little secret for the most part.

    Happy Weekend!

  16. Veronique says:

    No, you can’t knock it ’til you try it the very best way… I have the BEST recipe EVER for live chipmunk and paper clips:
    Attach several paper clips to a live chipmunk, maybe a dash or two of salt and chase it with a fork!! Can also be served over a cotton ball apron.

  17. marti says:

    I don’t like brussel sprouts either. But I also don’t like candied yams or apple pie. Sorry. Don’t be haters.

  18. Amy says:

    Okay… So I HATED brussels sprouts. Hated them as a child, tried them again as an adult and hated them even more. Then I met my dreamy chef husband and he made me try them ONE MORE TIME. But here’s the kicker, he blanches his, cuts them in half, and then pan fries them flat side down in bacon grease. Then he tosses them with bacon crumbles and toasted pumpkin seeds. My family who has had the same recipes without fail for centuries at our Thanksgiving meal has now adopted my husbands brussel sprouts into the mix. If you can eat these and still hate them, I would be ultra impressed. I CRAVE his brussels sprouts now. I’ve never had any other kind that I like, but I imagine if you fry anything in bacon grease it becomes instantly delicious.

  19. Karen L says:

    Hate. Grapefruit.
    People say, but oh try ….. NO. It still tastes like stomach acid!
    I hear ya on the brussels sprouts.


  20. Sara Beth says:

    Reading this post and all the comments about brussels sprouts, all I can think is “Do you like green eggs and ham?” “I do not like them Sam I Am!” “Would you eat them in a boat? Would you eat them with a goat?” “I would not, could not in a boat, I will not, would not with a goat!” “Try them, try them, and you’ll see!” “I do not like them, now let me be!” and so on…

  21. Jo says:

    I support your anti-brussels sprouts views. They’re awful! I tried to give them a chance, but nope… I will not eat them willingly.

  22. angela says:

    never eat things with a skull and cross bones on bottle. or if there is mould on it.

  23. Kath says:

    Karen, I feel the same way about mushrooms. DH is always trying to get me to like them. I am over a half century old DH, I will never ever like them. They smell like feet! Bad feet, not recently pedicured feet, more like hobo feet.

    but I love brussels sprouts and never try to force them on brussels sprout hatin’ DH.

  24. Elise says:

    Roaches. Don’t eat ’em. My friend ate one when she was little because her big brother told her it was a snickers. I’ll never forget that… I HATE roaches like you HATE brussel sprouts. They make me want to cry.

  25. Lucy says:

    I don’t eat:

    Square Fish
    Things that are green that are NOT vegetables (or fruit, to be technical)
    Blue food (truly blue, not like blueberries or blue plums which are really purple)

  26. Rachel says:

    Brussel Sprouts = Green Balls of Death!

    I’m in my thirties and my Mother still tries to make me eat one at Christmas dinner. You’d think she would have given up by now. >:/

  27. Susan Bickmore says:

    You don’t like brussell sprouts?? Thats ok. i love them and hate melons. So i will eat the vegy for you and you eat the melon for me. 🙂

  28. Nancy says:

    so…it’s ok to eat a dead chipmunk???

    • Karen says:

      Nancy – Well, yes. That’s the point. Also an apron made out of knives is fine. Just avoid the cotton ball ones. ~ karen

  29. Erin says:

    Do you like cabbage?

  30. Beth says:

    Goat cheese. Never. Again.

    Some people love it, to me it tastes like barnyard.

  31. Gig Coleman says:

    Amen, those sprouts make me gag. I read an article in a magazine, AARP I think, that said some people have more bitter taste buds than others. It makes some vegies taste poisonious. I have discovered that I can eat lots of veggies raw, that I can’t eat cooked, but never Brussels sprouts.

  32. Evalyn says:

    Well, I like soft boiled eggs, brussel sprouts, and fried deer liver. I’m pretty sure I could eat chipmunk if it where dead, and fried. But I do not like peanutbutter, marshmallows or mushrooms. Or – for the record – paperclips, but that’s personal. (I find them to be clingy and hate the way they hang together in bunches that are impossible to untangle.) I can’t eat Honey Dew, it makes the back of my throat close up. So there you have it: some of us do, some of us don’t, and some of us can’t, and sometimes it’s all the same person. And you get to hear from all of us.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. My dad came home with homemade pepperoni all the time. One day he brought it home and I ate it for a few days and said “this pepperoni taste funny”. He answered with “It shouldn’t … it’s made with good deer meat”. ~ k

    • Deb J. says:

      M’y problem with paper clips is after the fact. Ouch!!

  33. Darby says:

    I will not eat salmon. HATE IT! I’m allergic to almost everything else so I can usually get away with adding salmon to the list and people let it slide, but in fact I could eat salmon all day long and be fine except for the gagging because I just loath it so very very much. Oh and bell peppers. And milk. Hate them all. But I love brussels sprouts. 🙂

  34. Alexandra says:

    6. Vegetables. All of ’em.

  35. Marisa says:

    Chicken hearts! I will not eat chicken hearts! My husband is Brazilian and they sure do love their barbecued chicken hearts down there. But I will not eat them, nope nope nope.

    And he won’t eat brussel sprouts (or any other veggie for that matter). To each their own.

  36. Traci says:

    I have a big list of things I won’t eat:
    Bananas (squishy and smell bad)
    cooked fruit in any form (pies, cobblers, etc)
    cantalope or honeydew melons
    jelly doughnuts
    chocolate cake

    ICK!! ICK!! ICK!!!

    • Pam'a says:

      Yours sounds like a texture thing, which is as valid as any other food-hate… It’s why some people don’t like cottage cheese (lumpy), or oysters (slimy) or caviar, with all those little pop-popping fish eggs. Eww. Now I’m grossing myself out.

  37. Meredith says:

    Don’t judge me (too much), but I hate cheese. I eat pizza and Mac and cheese but not much else. I really wish I did though! I hear how wonderful it is and I feel I’m missing out. I’ve tried it so many different ways and times but I give up. No more trying… Nope. Ain’t happening! So I don’t begrudge your hatred of brussel sprouts if you don’t begrudge my hatred of cheese.

    Oh, and my husband says it’s un-American. I think I should move to Canada!

  38. Billy says:

    Fresh tomatoes

  39. Linda says:

    You should not eat:

    cat and dog hair
    blue cheese, I will literally seem as if I am having a stroke or heart attack if there is even the smallest piece in my salad. First I feel paralized, then as if I will throw up bucket fulls of something very dead. Then slowly I can make it to the trash can and spit it all out! And maybe I will live.

  40. SK Farm Girl says:

    There is so much negativity in the air today folks! It’s Friday we should be enjoying our yummy Friday appetizers and our gin ‘n tonics. Much love, ligt and laughter my fellow bloggers. Now how about ha nice big hug and let’s move on to happy food – like Dorritoes, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream sandwiches, pickled asparagus . . . feelin’ a mignight raid of the freezer coming on. Must have been the brownies we ate for dessert . . . LOL! Just kidding . . . sort of!

  41. I had a patient eat his knife and fork once….don’t try that, it’s not fun! I think he mumbles something first like, ” if they give me brussel sprouts one more time….”


  42. Lucy says:

    I’m with you. Also: NO cauliflower, NO asparagus, NO broccoli; NO squash (unless it’s in pumpkin pie or zucchini bread which, when consumed, counts as a vegetable serving in my figuring); NO avocadoes; NO feta cheese; NO sushi; NO lots of stuff. I’m a very picky eater — very sensitive to texture and smells. There are probably more foods I don’t like than I do. And, as do you, I get everyone and their mother offering recipes that will turn my DISLIKES into I NEED MORE OF THAT. It ain’t gonna happen, folks. I’d rather eat chocolate covered caterpillars than all the stuff on my DISLIKE list. And, yes, I have tried them all — and I HATE them, so stop trying to get me to like them. Give me your address and I’ll send them to you next time some overly solicitous watcher of my dietary intake tries to foist them on me. They say they’re good for me. I say they’re only good for me if I can keep them down…which I can’t. I’m healthy, in case you’re wondering, which you probably are if you’re one of those who try to foist such things on people who tell you they don’t like something. I’m a lost cause in your estimation, so find some other outlet for your savior compulsion. Thanks for caring, though ;^}

  43. Amy says:

    Raisins. You should definitely never eat raisins. The texture is horrible… something akin to a sorry, wilted grape. Avoid them if at all possible.

  44. Deb J. says:

    I am a Brussels sprouts liker – but not until late in life. I actually learned to like cauliflower in the residence cafeteria about a thousand years ago. But I also believe in discretion – learn what you like and stick with it. However, I think checking in every 5-10 years has some value. Kinda like rereading a book. Sometimes tastes/needs/whatever’s change. But if you don’t like it, you don’t. If you tried and you still don’t, you don’t. It is called taste. We are supposed to have that, right? Keep your taste Karen. But sprouts are good:)

  45. K; the northern Canadian take:

    Seal heart, raw, unless your the G.G. of Canada

    Muktuk (whale blubber) unless you are Inuit or Inuvialuit or trying to be culturally sensitive

    Muskrat (you just shouldn’t)

    Caribou (there’s a ban on)

    A&W poutine (but I do)

  46. Laura says:

    Three things…little green olives ( The big marinated ones are quite nice) Fresh tomatoes (I’m a freak, I know) & MUSTARD makes me gag….it’s the monster under my bed.
    I’m going to allow my daughter 3 things she doesn’t like..9 months, so far so good, she loves everything!

  47. Amy in StL says:

    Live crawfish. Somehow it’s become a thing around here with college boys. Crawfish feed on snails which have parasitic worms which then take up residence in a human organ of their choice.

    • Linda says:

      Oh that is beyond disgusting and disturbing. Why on earth would anyone do that? I wouldn’t even want to kiss someone after they ate that.

  48. naomi says:

    Cold left over brussel sprouts with plenty of vinegar, nom nom.

    Dont eat yellow snow, or whole tomatoes, gak.

  49. Stacey says:

    I’ll take your brussel sprouts if you take the cilantro. What a vile, disgusting, herb.

  50. Leanne says:

    Squash. Guts. Squashed guts. Eggs. Honey Dew. Cantalope. Antelope. (strictly because it rhymes with cantelope) Sweet Potatoes. Shell Fish. (seriously? bottom feeders? how healthy can something be if it lives off the stuff that comes out of the other fishes’ bottoms?) Gefilte Fish. (a well meaning Jewish lady left me scarred. for. life.) Raw onions tomatoes or peppers. cottage cheese. (come on people – do you *see* all those lumps?!) raw meat. anything moldy or harder than your teeth.

    Oh and Karen I’m afraid the brussel sprouts people will never leave you alone. They can’t resist you playing hard to get. You should just lie and tell them you found a way to eat them. Crazy people.

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